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Errol C. Friedberg Collection

 Collection
Identifier: ECF

Scope and Content

The Errol C. Friedberg Collection consists of material related to the writing and publication of two biographies: The Writing Life of James D. Watson and Sydney Brenner: A Biography (both published by CSHL Press). The bulk of the collection is composed of research material, much of it photocopies of documents found in the James D. Watson Collection and the Sydney Brenner Collection, both housed at the CSHL Library and Archives. Research material also includes numerous scientific papers and articles, the bulk of which are photocopies.

The files related to the Watson biography include correspondence with publishers, correspondence with Watson, an interview with Andrew Berry, and several drafts.

The Sydney Brenner files include galley proofs, correspondence with publishers, correspondence with scientists (including R. Horowitz, M. Meselson, H. Huxley, S. Benzer, and Watson), and transcripts of interviews with scientists (including D. Baltimore, S. Benzer, W. Bodmer, Brenner, W. Gilbert, F. Jacob, A. Klug, J. Lederberg, R. Olby, L. Orgel, F. Sanger, and Watson). Of note is an original typescript of Brenner’s paper “On The Impossibility of All Overlapping Triplet Codes” (1956).

The collection consists only of material related to these two biographies. It does not include Friedberg’s personal or scientific papers, nor does it include material related to any other works.

Dates

  • 1956-2010 (bulk 1998-2010)

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions apply, see Archivist for details. Access is given only by appointment, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Use Restriction

Archival materials must remain in the archival reading area. Item duplication is to be done by archivists. Fees are applied to copies made. Digital photography is permitted by users. Due to the very fragile nature of some materials in this collection, some are available through photocopies; others must be used under the supervision of an archivist.

Biography

Errol C. Friedberg, a biologist and science historian, is the Senator Betty and Dr. Andy Andujar Distinguished Professor and Chair at the Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He studied medicine at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and subsequently received postdoctoral training in biochemistry and pathology at Case Western Reserve University before joining the faculty at Stanford University. Friedberg's research contributions center on understanding how cells repair and/or tolerate unrepaired damage to DNA and defining the biological consequences of unrepaired DNA damage.

Friedberg has also published several volumes on aspects of the history of molecular biology, including Correcting the Blueprint of Life - An Historical Account of the Discovery of DNA Repair Mechanisms, The Writing Life of James D. Watson, From Rags to Riches - The Phenomenal Rise of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and Sydney Brenner: A Biography.

Friedberg is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (1988) and the American Academy of Microbiology (2002), and was a Mellon Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh (2002). He has received the Rous-Whipple Award from the American Society for Investigative Pathology (2000), an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Witwatersrand (2002), and received the Lila Gruber Honor Award for Cancer Research from the American Academy of Dermatology (2007).

Extent

9 linear feet (22 Boxes)

Overview

Collection of material related to writing biographies of Nobel Laureates James D. Watson and Sydney Benner.

Arrangement Note

The material has been divided into two record groups:

RG 1: THE WRITING LIFE OF JAMES D. WATSON (1998-2004) Series 1: Research Files (boxes 1-3) Series 2: Writing Files (boxes 3-4) Series 3: Drafts (boxes 5-7)

Research files were unorganized and grouped together by the processing archivist. The Writing Files and Drafts are arranged chronologically.

RG 2: SYDNEY BRENNER: A BIOGRAPHY (1956, 2006-2010) Series 1: Research Files (boxes 8-19) Series 2: Publication Files (boxes 20-23)

Research Files were generally well arranged by subject (typically chapters in the book). The organized files comprise boxes 8-16. Unorganized material was placed after, in boxes 17-19. Loose material was foldered and labeled “Miscellaneous Research.” Publication files include a set of organized correspondence (box 20), galleys (box 21), transcripts of interviews (box 21), and other miscellaneous material (notes on photographs, comments on the manuscript, and notes; boxes 21-22).

Provenance

The collection was donated by Errol C. Friedberg in three parts. The first shipment consisted of three record cartons of material related to writing The Writing Life of James D. Watson and was received in July 2011 (Accession #2011-045). The second shipment consisted of three record cartons of material related to writing Sydney Brenner: A Biography and was received on August 2, 2011 (Accession #2011-047). The third shipment consisted of two more boxes of Brenner material and was received on August 22, 2011 (Accession #2011-056). The collection was processed in November 2011.

Related Collections

Sydney Brenner: A Biography featured numerous photographs that belonged to Sydney Brenner. After publication, the photographs were donated by Brenner to the CSHL Archives. These photographs were integrated into the Sydney Brenner Collection, Series 8: Photographs, Subseries 3: 2010 Accession.

For more correspondence between Friedberg and Watson please see the James D. Watson Collection.
Title
Errol C. Friedberg Collection
Author
Finding Aid Prepared by John Zarrillo.
Date
2011
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

Contact:
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA
516-367-6872